A dutch review about our gig at ‘Kijkhuis’ (9th March 2023). written by 3voor12. We are very happy with this review. Read the full review
Thursday 9th of March we’ll be playing a very special live performance at movie theatre Het Kijkhuis in Leiden. It will be a selection of old and new songs accompanied by beautiful visuals on a big movie screen. It’s going to be special…. Tickets are available through link below Don’t wait too long because it’s […]
“The band delivers another album that is top notch. More cohesive then it’s previous one. It is also darker and heavier, but still post rock as only DDMG can play. The band has risen to another level and I can only give a compliment for that, because the bar to raise was absolutely high. Every […]
We would like to thank everyone who supported us in 2022. Be it by participating in our crowdfunding campaign, buying our music, writing great reviews or just letting them know how much they enjoy our new album Ruins. We have some very special things lined up for the new year including the official release shows […]
Today we received the sad news that Steen Gees Christensen, who played duduk on Departure from our second album, passed away on December the 26th at the age of 76.Our sympathy goes out to his family.
Happiness is found downstream. say. Which is why said Dead Men are making their way there. However, when you listen to Downriver Dead Men Go, you get the feeling that the band from Leiden (that's fitting!) joins this band. Gloomy, pathetic, melancholic, dead sad, suffering - one actually fears that DDMG have buried themselves a […]
The group from Leiden in the Netherlands, now labeled as Cinematic Post Rock, naturally lives it out again in the realms of post rock on their third album. However, 'Ruins' does not traverse the usual wasteland. DOWNRIVER DEAD MEN GO sometimes build up the atmosphere of their compositions with cinematic elements, thus penetrating the usual […]
The new album is another musical step forward for Downriver Dead Men Go and shows a slightly heavier and darker side of the band. The individual tracks that fill the program of the album "Ruins" have a wide dynamic range: from exploding guitars to a gentle whisper and touch the boundaries of different musical styles. […]
Dutch combo Downriver Dead Men go provide an instant contrast – “Their undeniable morose and downbeat style exploring far darker territory. With a vibe similar to Sigur Rós and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, theirs is a set of doom-laden textures, slow-building intensity and almost unrelenting tension.” Guitarist Michel Varkevisser delivers some lovely fretboard manoeuvres, channelling […]
Album Ruins will be released through Freia Music on November 24, with the vinyl release following on February 23 in 2023. The Ruins T-Shirt and Mug (limited) can already be bought in our webshop. In the meantime you can listen to our new track “Line in the Sand” on Youtube.
Downriver Dead Men Go is a cinematic post-rock band from Leiden, the Netherlands. Their highly anticipated third album RUINS will be released in 2022.
The new album will be another musical step forward for the band, showing a heavier side of DDMG. The songs on RUINS have a wide dynamic range, from exploding guitars to a thin whisper, exploring the boundaries of various musical and filmic styles. Cinematic post-rock in the truest sense!
DDMG previously released two critically acclaimed albums: Tides in 2015 and Departures in 2018, gathering a loyal and ever-growing fanbase. Both albums feature a mesmerizing, atmospheric, melancholic sound, ranging from post-rock to touches of prog and dark wave. Slow, sad and beautiful, they are the ultimate soundtrack to a dark and rainy day, covering themes of loss and loneliness.
A live performance of DDMG wraps you in a warm blanket of melancholia. Dark and brooding vocals, haunting, melodic guitars and imposing keyboard soundscapes, combined with low lighting and video projections, set the mood for an evening to remember.
DDMG is: Gerrit Koekebakker (vocals/guitars), Michel Varkevisser (guitars/backing vocals), Peter van Dijk (keys), Menno Kolk (bass guitar), and Marcel Heijnen (drums).
In 2022 and 2023 DDMG will be promoting their new album RUINS with live performances in the Netherlands, the UK and Germany. New dates and venues will be added soon.
The highly anticipated third album RUINS by Downriver Dead Men Go was recorded in 2021 after a very successful Kickstarter campaign. RUINS shows a darker and heavier side of DDMG, covering themes of loss, war and mental health. Expect some big and heavy guitars, combined with the beautiful, intimate melodies and haunting vocals they are known for.
Singer Gerrit: “This album is our best performance to date. We have taken our songwriting and use of dynamics to the next level. Every band member excelled in the studio. We are very proud of the new music and can't wait to get this album out into the world. We look forward to performing these songs live and seeing our fans at one of the gigs!”
The album artwork is by painter, sculptor, and good friend Daniel Martin.
RUINS by Downriver Dead Men Go will be released in 2022 on Freia Music on cd, vinyl, and on all digital platforms.
OOR: “The best-kept prog rock secret from the Netherlands”
PROGRADAR: “The musicianship on Departures is as fine a production as you could wish, oozing with slick, languid rhythms and blossoming crescendos”
NEOPROG: “A deep and dragging voice like that of Leonard Cohen, some sound experiments, sound effects, if you dive into Departures, you’re drowning”
PROGGIES: “DDMG does a really good job translating their ideas and feelings in music"
PROGWERELD: “Enjoying the most beautiful sounds, as if Ennio Morricone has joined a post-rock band”
ZINE: “Tides is the soundtrack for an imaginary film”
OOR: “Tides is a collection of stunning melodies”
PROGRADAR: “If you are partial to a bout of emotionally dark, slow rock when the fancy takes, then I urge you to buy this”